Simultaneous with the execution of Kurd political prisoner Haidar Ghorbani, his brother, Hasan Ghorbani was detained by security agencies.
Kurd political prisoner Haidar Ghorbani was executed at dawn today, Sunday, December 19, 2021, in Sanandaj Prison.
The human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution”, December 19, 2021- According to Kurdistan Province Judiciary’s statement, at dawn of today, Sunday, December 19, 2021, at 4 am, political prisoner Haidar Ghorbani was hanged at Sanandaj Prison. According to the statement Mr. Ghorbani was charged with “Baghi (taking up arms against the state)”, “participation in three meditated murders” and “membership in dissident groups.”
According to Hengaw, Hasan Ghorbani, Mr. Ghorbani’s brother was detained by security agencies after he protested the execution of his brother at dawn, today.
This hanging comes at a time that on August 18, 2021, the Amnesty International has noted that Mr. Ghorbani’s confession was extracted from him under torture, and it urged the cancelation of the death penalty demanding a fair trial.
A source close to Haidar Ghorbani’s family has formerly informed the human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution” that: “The court that has tried Haidar Ghorbani has taken out his lawyers defense pages that proved his innocence from the file.”
Haiman Ghorbani, Mr. Ghorbani’s son had posted many video clips announcing that his father was innocent, asking international human rights organizations and human rights activist to prevent his father’s execution. He had also stressed that all that his father had confessed too was under harsh physical and psychological torture.
About political prisoner, Haidar Ghorbani:
Haidar Ghorbani, 47, is from Bazush village, Kamyaran. He was arrested by security forces on October 11, 2016, on his way home along with Mahmoud Sadeghi.
Heidar Ghorbani was sentenced to death in mid-winter of 2020, by branch one of the Sanandaj Revolutionary Court, headed by Judge Sa’idi, on charges of “Baghi” and “cooperation and membership in the Democratic Party of Iran Kurdistan”, and this sentence was officially communicated to him at Sanandaj Central Prison on January 28, 2020.
According to a relative of Mr. Ghorbani, Haider Ghorbani had no contact with his family for 20 months, and a few months after his televised confession was published, they were able to speak to him on the phone for the first time.
On Thursday, August 6, 2020, the death sentence of Haider Ghorbani, a political prisoner From Kamyaran, was confirmed by Branch 27 of the Supreme Court. The Sanandaj General Court rejected the Supreme Court’s request to review Haider Ghorbani’s case in mid-summer of 2020, and his death sentence was sent to Kamyaran for execution.
Pointing to the rejection of his appeal for retrial, Saleh Nikbakht (Mr. Ghorbani’s lawyer) had stated: “I will ask for a retrial again. Legally and jurisprudentially, the charge against Mr. Ghorbani is not correct because Baghi is a person who is a member of a group and participates in an armed uprising against the Islamic Republic regime, and if and only if they use their weapons, then they are sentenced to death. None of these applies to Haidar Ghorbani. They rejected my request for a retrial for three weeks and confirmed the sentence issued for him on charge of Baghi.”.
In October 2020, detailing about the case of this political prisoner, Saleh Nikbakht siad: “This sentence is in fact contrary to Sharia law and also contrary to Articles 287 and 288 of the Islamic Penal Code.”
Haider Ghorbani was severely tortured while in detention and forced to participate in a televisied interview, according to which he was sentenced to death.
In late winter of 2017, IRIB broadcasted a report titled “The Driver of Death” and broadcasted the forced confessions of Haider Ghorbani. In this 20-minute report, the judiciary accused him of being involved in the killing of several members of the Revolutionary Guards who were murdered by gunmen in the village of Takht-Zangi in the central part of Kamyaran County on September 30, 2016.